Armed with art


Shepard Fairey’s Obama campaign posters have landed him in the National Portrait Gallery, and now the L.A.-based street artist is being inducted into another hallowed institution -- Saks Fifth Avenue -- where his artwork graces a limited-edition $20 tote bag.

Fairey’s Studio Number One illustrations for the Saks “Want It!” marketing campaign, along with the tote, are his tongue-in-cheek take on Russian constructivist posters from the early 20th century, with slogans such as “arm yourself with a slouchy bag” and “brave new pants.”

Sales of the tote support the nonprofit HOPE, Helping Other People Everywhere, with $15 of the purchase price going to the charity, which promotes education and peace projects.


Terron Schaefer, Saks’ group senior vice president of creative and marketing, says Fairey was at first “hesitant about mixing art and commerce. But I cited Louis Vuitton’s collaborations with Robert Wilson, Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami as examples of big business and art collaborating successfully.” Not to mention what Andy Warhol did for Campbell soup cans.

9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 275-4211. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; noon-6 p.m. Sundays.


One October Ongoing until April 15: The L.A.-based handbag line, founded by Naomi Stokeld, Roxana Zal and Adrienne Weller, is offering an online-only 20% off sale on its signature $324 “Joanna” clutch in pink, green and white salmon skin and patent (discount code is JNNA20). Salmon skin is an eco-friendly alternative to exotic snake, alligator and crocodile leathers.


Vivier trunk show Thursday: Clare Vivier takes over the Taylor De Cordoba gallery for a pop-up shop and trunk show featuring her line of locally made handbags. Buy a Vivier bag that evening or at Fred Segal Flair in Santa Monica until March 31 and a portion of the sale proceeds will go to P.S. Arts, an organization supporting arts education in public schools. Check out the $150 nylon “ripstop” tote, $200 canvas laptop bag (available for pre-order) and her $89 “fold-over” clutches made from remnant leather.

2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 559- 9156. 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Frame Your Face Thursday: Body Bar spa and Gogosha optical boutique team up for a night of eyebrows and eyeglasses. Special offers that evening include $15 eyebrow shaping (regularly $25), $45 mini-facials ($65) and $55 “moca loca” mini peels ($75). Apply the amount of a Body Bar treatment at the event to a pair of new spring/summer frames from Thierry Lasry, Mykita or Tim van Steenbergen for Theo ($355-$525) at Gogosha.

3037 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 663-1533. 7 p.m.-9 p.m.,